On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. According to the statistics the United States has one of the highest numbers of confirmed cases, and Los Angeles (LA), California is being particularly badly affected. To date, there are over 210,000 confirmed cases, and 5,000 deaths in LA County, and the threat level remains high, signifying that COVID-19 may soon overwhelm the community and health care system if not controlled.
Our Project Development Team has been in Los Angeles since early July, working with new and existing partners to identify how we might be most effective in supporting the Los Angeles community. More volunteers, assistance with food distribution and COVID-19 testing have each been identified as key, current COVID-19 related needs. Thus, when our program opens in October, we will aim to address these needs by increasing the capacity of our partner organizations LA Food Bank, Team Rubicon and CORE. With up to 30 volunteers, on a weekly basis, we aim to assemble 50,000 emergency meal kits, distribute 55,000 meals to families in need and orchestrate 20,000 COVID-19 tests.